Winner of the 2010 GREEN EARTH BOOK AWARD for Children's Fiction and the California Library Association's 2010
JOHN AND PATRICIA BEATTY AWARD, which "honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people."
"Top 10" Pick for the Summer 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
"Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
A “satisfying eco-adventure” starring a group of young people “gratifyingly diverse in age as well as experience and ethnic background. A highly enjoyable read.”
-- Kirkus Reviews
"[O]ne of the finest children's novels of the year . . . . [A] true emotional journey full of adventure, friendship, complex morality, trust, lies, and discovery. You believe in this book and you believe in the characters."
-- Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production (School Library Journal)
"[Operation Redwood] lead[s] readers to a new scale in which human size and noise are not the norm; that, for readers living anywhere in the States, takes thinking about."
-- Chicago Tribune
"Fast paced and full of fun . . . ."
-- School Library Journal
"Like main character Julian, many kids won’t know much about old-growth redwood forests to begin with, but by the end of this eco-mystery they will know quite a bit and will probably care, too. . . . French works in many facts about redwoods but keeps the focus on the characters; even the secondary characters are distinct and lively. Julian’s best friend, Danny Lopez, provides welcome humor; and with his Mexican background and Julian’s half-Chinese ethnicity, the book has a modern multicultural feel that balances the pastoral nature scenes. French . . . combin[es] child appeal with realism for a satisfying conclusion. s.d.l."
-- The Horn Book Magazine
"Boys and girls of the pre-teen years will love this fast-paced novel."
-- 2009 National Outdoor Book Awards, Children's Category, Honorable Mention
"Combine environmental activism with a bunch of smart-thinking kids and a seemingly impossible task at hand, throw in tree houses and ancient redwoods, complex characters and funny lines, and you've got one of last year's best novels for the middle grade set."
"Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French is a frolicking story of adventure, intrigue, family, friendship and destruction averted."
-- The Daily Journal, International Falls, Minnesota
"French's fascinating debut novel shows kids how, no matter what their ages, they can make a difference in the world."
-- Lodi News-Sentinel
"The plot is rich in twists and turns, yet the action is all character-driven and the dialogue spot-on. . . . This page-turner is rich in interesting facts about redwoods, the history of lumbering in Northern California, and the ecology of the redwood forest. Kids eight to twelve will love this book, which is not shy about tackling important issues such as honesty, sacrifice, friendship, and commitment to a cause."
-- Parenting on the Peninsula
"Operation Redwood by author S. Terrell French is wonderful, a trite word I know, but her book is truly wonder full. With an underlying premise that estrangements can be mended, what’s broken can be fixed, and philosophical differences can be bridged, French crafts an engaging environment-centric coming-of-age-story for tweens that succeeds on all fronts."
"French . . . cites Elaine Konigsburg and Jean Craighead George amongst her own childhood reading influences. In OPERATION REDWOOD . . . French employs the cleverness of Konigsburg and the reverence of George in a hijinx-laden activist tale of two boys and a girl who plot to protect a privately-owned grove of old growth redwoods from being clear cut by a corporation."
-- Richie Partington, www.richiespicks.com
"Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French combines eco-adventure with common childhood fantasies: to live in a tree house far above the rest of the world and to make grown-ups pay attention to what a kid has to say. . . . I found Operation Redwood a delightful and fun adventure to read. I recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls nine to twelve."
" MG novels with convincing characters and a non-stop story don’t happen everyday. More often it seems that you end up with more of one than the other. Not so here. I guess that’s what produces the feeling you’ve got by the end of Operation Redwood that you’ve read something substantial and lasting, and certainly a book you want to pass on to every kid you know."
"The plot is so well thought out and paced that it feels like it is based on a true story."
"Debut author S. Terrell French has written an adventure filled with creative ideas, spunky ambition, and a love of the environment. . . . OPERATION REDWOOD provides excellent reinforcement for conservation lessons and the importance of preserving our natural habitats. It would work for readers in the 8-13 age group for independent reading or as a great classroom read-aloud."
-- Sally Kruger ("Readingjunky") for TeensReadToo.com
"Angry email messages, a greedy uncle, and creative thinking on the part of the teenagers will keep readers turning the pages. The book offers valuable opportunities to raise serious questions about profit versus humans' responsibility to this planet, and the role of social activism in ensuring ecological justice."
-- Rethinking Schools Online
"This one is a great kids against the establishment adventure. Julian and his friends find the right ways to fight against something they believe is wrong. How great that part of the fight is staying in a treehouse 30 feet off the ground and only assessable by ropes and pulleys!"
-- Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, Kids' Blog
"This is a story that doesn't disappoint. 12 year old Julian Carter-Li accidentally reads an email he shouldn't be reading only to find himself in a fight to save an old growth stand of the oldest trees in the world, the Redwoods. The story unfolds with a great sense of discovery. The children discover themselves, their values, and their shared love of an old grove of trees which has become a part of their lives."
-- Valarie Budayr, Jump Into A Book blogspot
"Lovable characters and a fun plot quickly swept me up into the world of Operation Redwood. . . . I bought 10 copies of the book and cannot wait for my students to read it in the fall."
--- Mrs. V's Reviews